Those in the West who have endured the latest drilling boom must find the bi-partisan lovefest for shale gas a bit jarring.
Strangely, few on the left have commented on the unconventional (gas) bedfellows. Out in Colorado, though, where the carbon footprint of America’s energy colony is measured differently, the union between the “Drill, Baby, Drill” crowd and prominent climate advocates has not gone unnoticed.
No matter what some of the more zealous climate advocates may think of Roger Pielke, Jr., I bet they would agree with him here.
Seriously, this is red meat wrapped in a bow for Morano. The striking thing, aside from the obvious foot-in-mouth comments, is that this interview is a month old. How is it possible that it went virtually noticed it until now?
If there are any French wine snobs among global warming skeptics, this news from Green Inc. might help convert them.
Then again, I happened to see the movie Bottle Shock the other day, which taught me there’s no reason to be a french wine snob anymore.
Of course, as with everything else climate change related, there appear to be winners and losers in the wine business:
Some formerly unlikely regions in Europe, like Britain, are already producing prize-winning vintages thanks to warming conditions. Supporters of English sparkling wines say that they regularly hold their own against the top Champagnes in blind taste tests.
A few wine regions in France have also benefited from recent changes. For example, higher average temperatures in Champagne have prompted earlier blooming and earlier grape harvests, along with better maturation of grapes and much stronger yields.
As for Napa Valley, the locals seemed to have concluded that they will weather doomsday just fine.